In case you haven’t heard, Ireland are playing a football match this weekend, and it’s a big one. Denmark stand between us and a spot at the World Cup in Russia next summer.
The Boys in Green haven’t qualified for the world’s biggest sporting event since 2002, but there is a sense of hope in the air that the drought can be ended in the coming days.
There is so much optimism that over 7,000 Irish fans are believed to be descending on the Danish capital, despite there being only 2,300 tickets allocated for the FAI.
It’s a safe bet to suggest that there will be considerably more Irish than that in Parken Stadium come 20:45 local time on Saturday evening.
However, according to a report in the Irish Times, many members of the Green Army who have purchased tickets in the home section may not make it to the game.
DBU communications director Jacob Wadland announced that a number of tickets were ordered to Irish addresses, but were not sent out.
“All of the tickets intended for Irish fans were sent to the Irish federation for distribution, and so the only way to order a ticket to be mailed to Ireland was to buy in the Danish section. None of these tickets have been mailed.
“[Many] bought tickets for other parts of the ground. They might be thinking that it will be okay but it will not be okay. We will be quite strict about this.”
This is not the first time that the demand amongst Irish fans has outweighed the supply for an away game, thus forcing them to enter home sections. There is a warning in place, and the Danish will be keen to keep any Irish supporters out of the stadium barring those in the away end.